Education Notes

Education Notes

October 10, 2004

McDaniel College to sponsor events on alcohol awareness

McDaniel College will address Alcohol Awareness Week this week with activities for students to help reduce alcohol use.

Statistics show that among 18- to 24-year-old college students, 1,400 die from alcohol-related injuries, 500,000 are injured under the influence of alcohol, and 70,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape annually.

McDaniel is offering programs, education, counseling and participation in activities this week. Events are not open to the public. Activities include:

Tomorrow: One Night, an interactive theater program focusing on alcohol and acquaintance rape, will be performed by the professional theater company PlayRights.

Tuesday: Midnight Milk & Cookies, a study break in Ensor Lounge for milk, cookies and live entertainment, will include the Faculty and Staff Home-Baked Cookie Competition.

Wednesday: Students will Light Up the Night with luminaries displayed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Memorial Square.

Thursday: Live music in the Pub with free pizza and mocktails will be available from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Information: 410-857-2293.

Continuing education fair to be held in Westminster

Carroll Community College and the Carroll County public schools guidance counselors will co-sponsor the 27th annual Carroll County Continuing Education Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster High School.

Representatives from more than 115 colleges and universities will answer questions and distribute material about their institutions.

The fair will be in both levels of the school gym at 1225 Washington Road.

Free college preparation workshops also will be held in the auditorium for parents and students.

Edie Hemingway, coordinator of admissions at Carroll Community College, will present "The Community College Experience" at 6:30 p.m.

Ellie Geiman, assistant director of financial aid at McDaniel College, will discuss "The Nuts and Bolts of the Financial Aid Process" at 7:10 p.m.

Martha O'Connell, dean of admissions at McDaniel, will present "Tips and Tricks of the College Application Process -- What Do Colleges Look For?" at 7:50 p.m.

Information: 410-751-3669.

County board of education schedules monthly meeting

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at www.carroll k12.org.

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV, and repeated 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

`Lights on Afterschool!' to be held in Westminster

The Community Learning Centers will participate in the fifth annual national "Lights on Afterschool!" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at West Middle School in Westminster.

Tours will begin at 5 p.m.

West Middle School will be one of more than 5,000 sites across the nation participating in an effort to show that afterschool programs are a key component of a child's success.

The event focuses on benefits of afterschool programs:

The opportunity for pupils to grow academically.

The support of working families by ensuring that children are safe and productive during the hours after school.

The strengthening of Carroll County by involving pupils, parents and community partners.

The discovery of pupils' hidden talents as they pursue interests.

Information: 410-751-3086.

Gerstell Academy to hold open houses for next year

The Gerstell Academy in Finksburg will hold open houses this semester for the 2005-2006 school year.

Open houses will feature tours of the school, meetings with staff and administrators, and descriptions of the school's philosophy and programs. Reservations are required.

Open houses for prospective students will be held as follows:

Lower School, pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, 10 a.m. Oct. 19.

Middle School, sixth grade, 2 p.m. Nov. 7.

All school, pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, 10 a.m. Dec. 14.

The school is at 2500 Old Westminster Pike.

Information: 410-861-3000.

CCC fall open house scheduled for Oct. 20

Carroll Community College will hold its fall open house to inform visitors about what they need to earn a degree, move ahead in their career, develop a skill or have personal enrichment.

The open house will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Great Hall of the college at 1601 Washington Road. Faculty-led sessions will take an in-depth look at careers in allied health (such as exercise science, physical therapist assistant and radiography), criminal justice and education.

Another session will guide students in choosing a major. Coordinator of Disability Support Services Joyce Sebian will offer two question-and-answer sessions about college services for students with disabilities.

Student guides will lead tours of the campus, and those interested can fill out college applications.

Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about academic programs.

To register for the open house, call 410-386-8435.

SAT, PSAT prep courses for high school students

Carroll County high school students who need to take the SAT can take SAT or PSAT preparation courses.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30 at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road. Students must attend both sessions.

Tuition is $100, plus $50 for materials. Registration is open to all high school students. A portion of the proceeds goes to the school.

Information: 410-442-1600.

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